In the run up to the summer period police are urging residents to take steps to protect their property and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.
Chief Superintendent Simon Walls from District Policing Command said: “The latest crime statistics show that burglary offences have fallen by 10.2% over the last financial year which is reassuring but shouldn’t give any of us cause for complacency.
“We as a police service will do everything in our power to tackle crime however we continue to need the help of the community and our partners.
“As part of the ‘Safer Summer’ campaign we will be using our social media channels to encourage the public to think more about home security. We are also using local radio, newspapers and engaging with our partners to help spread the word.
“With the arrival of hopefully better weather more people will be spending time outdoors which in itself can provide an opportunity for burglars, however, by following some simple steps the public can reduce the chances of becoming a victim and help us keep their homes and property safe.”
Our top tips include:
- Closing and locking all doors and windows even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
- Leaving a light on if it will be dark before you get home and installing security lights.
- Keeping your valuables out of sight.
- Never leaving car keys near a door, letterbox or window.
- Always checking who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open it.
- Setting your alarm when going out and at night time. If you do not have an alarm then do consider installing one.
- Asking a neighbour or a friend to check your property and to remove post from the porch/hallway if you plan on going on holiday.
- Always keeping sheds and outbuildings locked.
Chief Superintendent Walls continued: “If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on the non-emergency 101. Please continue to report any suspicious activity to us, no matter how trivial you may think it is, and if it is an emergency always ring ‘999’. If you want to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Overall burglary across Northern Ireland has decreased by 693 incidents from 6,822 in the period from April 1st, 2017, to March 31st, 2018 compared to 6,129 in the same period in 2018/19.